Welcome to Paleobiology and Geobiology at VT


From asking questions to disseminating results, the Paleobiology & Geobiology Research Group at Virginia Tech explores the breadth of the fossil record using both field-based tools and cutting-edge analytical techniques. Common themes in our research include the origins of major clades, phylogenetic reconstruction, faunal change, extinction, environmental changes, and taphonomic processes.

Our current projects range from understanding the Neoproterozoic fossil record and its paleoenvironmental context to exploring the early evolutionary history of dinosaurs and their relatives. On the following pages are more details about our projects, resources, and the people involved. Welcome!

What we do


April 10-11 - SE GSA in VT

This year the Southeastern section of the Geological Society of America is at Virginia Tech. Lots of presentations: http://www.geosociety.org/sections/se/2014mtg/

March 6-7 - GSRS

19th Annual Geosciences Student Research Symposium


February 15-18 - NAPC

Drew H, Drew M, Natalia, and Dr. Xiao are presenting at the North American Paleotological Conference in Florida.

February 12th - Darwin Day

Sterling is presenting the talk “What is a dinosaur” in the Museum of Geosciences (in Derring) at 7 PM. Everyone is invited!


Contact Dr. Nesbitt or Dr. Xiao and provide the following details:

-Your name

-What research interests you have

-What degree you are seeking

Website updated: 7 February 2014